We had a great time hiking the short, but uphill 3.5 mile pine ridge trail at Kamiak Butte today. 75 floors logged on the Fitbit by the time we left, which we upped to 100 after a walk to the store later. It’s great to have something like this just under 15 miles away. If the views are this amazing after the wheat has been harvested, I can’t wait until next year when everything starts turning green. Definitely a vista that will change almost every time you visit.
Another day with a rental car and another day driving east. We had intended to head for the coast this morning, but we were feeling good about the prospects of either Hood River or Cascade Locks, so we wanted to take another look at some specific places. The Cascade Locks Marine Park is gorgeous and very much worth the pause. We also had wonderful views driving from Bridge of the Gods up to the crossing at Hood River on the Louis and Clark Highway.
It was pretty much the perfect day to rent a car and get out of Portland to head East. After hanging out in Hood River for a bit, then meandering on miles of gravel between The Dalles and Route 35, we took advantage of the sunshine and enjoyed a beautiful short hike around Trillium Lake. It’s days like these that make not owning a car seem much less appealing. Off to the coast tomorrow!